A memorial golf tournament Sept. 10 in Brainerd could repeat as one of the single best efforts to help a Central Lakes College student succeed.
The Bob Danzl G.E. Scholarship Classic at Pine Meadows last year raised $10,000 for an endowed scholarship that gave Theodore "T.J." Berg of Dayton $500 toward his studies in mechanical drafting and design.
Berg, who carries a 3.71 grade-point average into his second year of the skilled trades program on the Staples campus, was every bit as grateful for the aid as his parents.
"They all wrote me such nice letters," said LaVonne Danzl, widow of the man who had cherished his vocational education, noting her deceased husband, Bob Danzl, spent more than 40 years helping the late John Thelen build a successful heating and roofing business in Brainerd.
"Bob was very generous to anyone who needed help," she said. "So, this is so wonderful to see so many volunteers, friends and business associates do the same in his memory."
The scholarship fund could double, according to indications of an increase in registrations to compete in the four-person, best-ball scramble. Nearly 30 teams have registered, and more are anticipated by the Aug. 25 deadline.
Even those who don't golf play a big part in this fund-raiser. Top prizes awarded to those with the lucky numbers include airfare from Traveler's Fare and a one-week stay at a Florida beach condo for two from Wayne and Joan Gutzman, a Shoreland'r utility trailer from Brainerd Recreational Supply, a year of weekly family meals at Taco John's, $400 gift certificates from Bob & Fran's Factory Direct, JC Penney and Fifth Avenue Furniture, and a $200 gift certificate from Home Depot. For the raffle prizes, winners needn't be present to win.
Volunteer organizers on the Year 2000 Committee are Kim Wear, chair; Ed Isackson; Tom Rohr; Randy Rinke; Bob Wise; Dan Faust, who is Web master for the event; Dave Kordell; Steve Shepherd; and Tim Haglin.
"Bob Danzl had a special way of giving to friends, co-workers, and to his community," said Faust. "I knew Bob since 1970. He was the type who would always listen and tell a joke. Most often it was his giggling at his own joke that made me laugh."
Danzl was the inspiration for a "weird group of friends," said Faust. The Loyal Order of Elbows, now with more than 7,000 members, originated at Shep's on 6th with its charter member, Danzl, as the first G.E. or Grand Elbow.
Each golfer receives a Bob Danzl golf shirt and a meal after the tournament when the awards are presented. The shotgun start at 11 a.m. will send teams out for additional contests on the course. Companies sponsoring individual holes receive an 18 x 24 logo sign.
The Danzl family, including Cheryl, Maureen, Paula, Lisa and Jane who have attended Central Lakes College, "could not be more appreciative for the tribute," said LaVonne Danzl. "It is great to help someone studying in the trades. Bob got his start and made a good living with it."
The family also has a CLC scholarship in the name of the late Mark "Shorty" Danzl, who along with his wife Jane of Little Falls had also been a student at the college prior to his untimely death.
To register or in any way assist, contact any of the following: Tim Haglin at 829-1491, Steve Shepherd at 829-4835, Tom Rohr at 829-8636 or Kim Wear at 829-2853.
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